Not having been a huge fan of the previous "X-MEN" film(Days of Future Past), this reviewer was skeptical as to what the newest film would offer. When upon its initial theatrical release, panned by most critics, it was easy to become even more wary of viewing it. So, to great surprise and relief, having been able to first view it in wondrous 4K and Dolby Atmos, for the best viewing potential, it really was worth waiting for!
The opening is somewhat of a throwback to the great films of the '30s and '40s, albeit on a much grander scale, Ancient Egypt. An unrecognizable Oscar Isaac is appropriately menacing as En Sahbah Nur, a "god-like" mutant whose worshippers are about to make even more powerful in some strange ritual. Complicating their plans, however, are the good-guys, and without giving away too much, their efforts manage to bury the malevolent mutant within a casket of heavy pyramid blocks, for a time.
Jumping thousands of years ahead, viewers are given more back-story regarding Erik(attempting to make a go of life in Poland, with a wife and daughter), Jean Grey(now played by Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner), Raven and more.
Charles Xavier(James McAvoy), thankfully is given more to do than some of the characters of lesser driven sub-plots, and gives the film its grounding. While other characters appear, sometimes without a whole lot of reason or much to do, there are some welcome surprises. Having never been a fan of Olivia Munn, she's actually quite good here, although not in it enough!
Many have criticized the main villain as not being bad enough, but that's subjective. En Sahbah Nur offers some extremely chilling moments, one of which involves excessive punishment for a would-be-thief. While not as impressive as the first "X-Men" film or "First Class," "X-MEN APOCALYPSE" is better than the others in the series and worth revisiting.
The correct 2.40:1 aspect ratio is retained for this release.The 2K DI has been up-converted to 4K and the result is impressive. When comparing the opening Egyptian sequence, the advantages of HDR are immediately noticeable in comparison to the standard blu-ray. There is a penchant for blue hues in numerous scenes, and it's in the 4K that the variations even within this and other hues stand out.
The CGI(extensive in this film, of course) appears softer looking on standard blu-ray. The 4K version offers much more detail in these same scenes, and, as a result, also hi-lights some of the deficiencies as well. When comparing darker scenes in both formats, the 4K offers noticeable improvement in contrast with deeper blacks and better overall retention of detail. The blu-ray often looks terrific, but it's not in the same league as the 4K and it's an easy decision to opt a few $ more for the 4K(it includes the blu-ray and Digital HD code for VUDU as well).
FOX has provided a DTS-HD MA 7.1 mix for the blu-ray and a Dolby Atmos mix for the 4K release. Both mixes offer a sensational listening experience, with an onslaught of discrete, panning and LFE effects. Whether it's Erik's locket and chain whizzing through the air or a jet, this mix puts the audience in the center of it all with terrific impact.
However, the Atmos track includes those special touches that can make any
scene that much more awe-inspiring. Sure, anyone will be pleased with the DTS-HD
MA 7.1 mix(if they haven't heard the Atmos track), but these overhead effects
moments are really fun.
Additionally, FOX has included nearly 30 minutes of deleted scenes, over an hour of fun featurettes and much, much more!